Not necessarily. Our defense without Scandella and Brodin might be fine. We're missing Kampfer, but more or less it would be without Scandella but the defense they have now was pretty much the same as last year.
In fact, calling up Coyle and Zucker might do wonders for guys like Phillips, Bulmer and Larsson. Not to mention Fontain is a PPG guy right now with 8 goals, 11 assists. Connelly as well.
We got a lot of secondary scoring in Houston. It's kind of like the Minnesota Wild.
Guys like Arcobello, Green (who we've missed pretty well all year), Paajarvi, Pitlick, etc. would also benefit from more ice. That said our defense needs to be dealt with, if they are a boat anchor now for us, it'd be far worse without having the 4 high end guys to score goals to prop them up.
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Hockey fans in particular downplay the loss of key players too much. finishing a marathon is a lot harder if you break your ankle at mile 12...its understandable (an excuse) if you don't finish and a particular triumph if you do.
The strength of Bingo is their depth. Which is their first line, which is their fourth? It is honestly hard to say, especially when you look at production.
The goaltending has been outstanding and the best outside of Brust in Abbotsford.
Given the youth on the team, they look to get stronger as the season wears on. They will likely remain quite strong should the NHL seasons start, though teams with AHL vets will see an uptick in performance (Crunch being an obvious one)
Syracuse might have the best offense in the league, but problem is they are a bit one-dimensional. Binghampton and Wilkes-Barre are absolutely red-hot right now, they just keep on winning. Wilkes are 13-3 in their last 16 games. Both, Bingo and Wilkes-Barre are defense-first teams and I think it´s not a coincidence that both teams outplayed Syracuse pretty easily multiple times this season.
Bingo and Wilkes are very young teams, with great depth and excellent defense + goaltending. They honestly look pretty comparable and similar to me.